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Adria D. Goodson

Adjunct Lecturer on Education
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Degree:  Ph.D., Boston College, (2006)
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Office:  Gutman 438


Adria Goodson is the Deputy Director and Chief Learning Officer for Hunt Alternatives Fund. She is the founding staff person responsible for the development of the Prime Movers: Cultivating Social Capital program. The Prime Movers program is a professional development program for national social movement leaders in the United States and currently supports 50 fellows. Dr. Goodson is responsible for curriculum development, personal leadership coaching with the fellows, and overall program oversight. Over the course of her career, she has worked with foundations and nonprofits to help them strategically focus their funding efforts on issues related to social justice, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s After School Project, The Hestia Fund, Resource Generation, and the Boston College Media Research and Action Project. Goodson has her PhD in sociology from Boston College (DATE), specializing in social movement theory, public policy, and philanthropy. She was awarded the W.K Kellogg Foundation Non-profit Opportunity Leadership fellowship and the Boston College President’s fellowship. Before returning to graduate school, Dr. Goodson spent almost a decade in for-profit and non-profit management positions. Through her seven-year career at the Leo Burnett Company in Chicago, she developed advertising and marketing strategies for McDonald’s Corporation, Kellogg Corporation, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Goodson left the agency business to take on the Director of Marketing position at Chicago Children’s Museum as the museum transitioned from a 14,000 square foot storefront into a 57,000 square foot anchor tenant on the newly redeveloped Navy Pier. She has one young daughter and lives with her family in the western suburbs of Boston.

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